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The Art of Joyful Giving

by Julia Briar ’25 Oct 10, 2023
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DeSales students teamed up with a local nonprofit in the community to help provide for those in need. 

Students filled tables in the Dorothy Day Student Union to craft Joy Maker bags for Joyful Giving. The nonprofit makes gift bags with essential items that look and feel like a gift with the intention of creating joy. 

“Community service always makes me feel satisfied and it makes me feel good that I’m helping others in need.” 

 Douaa Abdeljebbar ’27, a first-year biology major

These Joy Maker bags contained stress reliever toys, lip balms, and fruit snacks. Every bag that was created included a piece of chocolate and was tied with blue ribbon. Joyful Giving believes that everyone deserves a gift, even if they are unable to afford one. 

“A lot of people who receive these bags never received a gift so that’s where Joyful Giving comes in,” says Hannah Votta Coleman, president and founder of the nonprofit. 

Students donated their time to package and assemble 200 Joy Maker bags, which were donated to Crime Victims Council for its Halloween festival.

“The time of the event was convenient and packing goodie bags for those in need was something that sounded like fun and rewarding for me,” says Kate Dowling ’27, a first-year sport and exercise physiology major.